Former UNC basketball star Ademola Okulaja dead at 46

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 Former UNC basketball star Ademola Okulaja dead at 46

Former North Carolina Tar Heels basketball star Ademola Okulaja died on Tuesday, the university confirmed.



A cause of death was not reported for the 46-year-old standout player.



“Carolina Basketball is saddened to learn of the recent, premature passing of Tar Heel forward Ademola Okulaja (1995-99) at age 46,” UNC wrote on Twitter.



The 6-foot-9 forward played with Vince Carter and Antwan Jamison under legendary coach Dean Smith from 1995 to 1999.



The three would lead UNC to two Final Fours, including in coach Smith’s final season.



“This is so painful…, we’re going to miss you my boy. RIP,” Carter wrote on Twitter.” “I’m praying for your kids and family. Without a doubt you have touched the lives of many with your kindness.”



This is so painful….we’re going to miss you my boy. RIP @Oak1713 Former UNC basketball star Ademola Okulaja dead at 46

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